Saturday, March 14, 2015

Rep. Don Young suggests wolves would solve US homeless problem


Don Young
Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska speaks in Anchorage, Alaska. (Dan Joling | The Associated Press) 
Allie Healy | By Allie Healy   
on March 07, 2015 at 3:38 PM, updated March 07, 2015 at 3:39 PM
According to the Washington Post, Young made this comment during an exchange with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell amid a House Natural Resources Committee budget hearing. He said:
"How many of you have got wolves in your district? None. None. Not one. They haven't got a damn wolf in their whole district. I'd like to introduce them in your district. If I introduced them in your district, you wouldn't have a homeless problem anymore."
By saying this, Young was reportedly attempting to make the point that the Interior Department makes budgetary decisions without considering the states they would affect, CNN reports. The representative thinks gray wolves should be removed from the endangered species list. Therefore, Young criticized his colleagues' efforts to protect them.
The Washington Post sought clarification on the comment, and a spokesperson for Young said his analogy was intended to be "hyperbolic." Young believes the wolves are serious threats to wildlife management.
Young is known for making controversial statements, The Huffington Post says. In October 2014, he made explicit remarks language and said insensitive comments about gay marriage and suicide at a high school. One of the school's students committed suicide just days before Young spoke at the school.

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